The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

June 4, 2020

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Join the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan to learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovation as you transition from idea to product. This session for aspiring entrepreneurs,...

June 9, 2020

This event has been postponed until further notice. Please refer to this listing for updates and information. Interested in learning about the latest trends and initiatives underway in the Business Methods examination area? The Business Methods Partnership Meeting is an opportunity to bring...

June 9, 2020

Learn about trademark registration and ask experts your questions during Trademark Basics, a virtual meeting with the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) . The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO hosts this interactive question and answer session on the second Tuesday of each month. This free event...

June 9, 2020

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on double patenting? Attend an interactive Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course featuring recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The USPTO is applying for two hours of CLE credit in Virginia for this...

June 9, 2020

Now that you have registered your trademark, you must properly maintain both the trademark and the registration. Learn about required post-registration maintenance filings, as well as optional filings that can help ensure your federal registration protects your trademark for years to come. We'll...

June 9, 2020

Now that you have registered your trademark, you must properly maintain both the trademark and the registration. Learn about required post-registration maintenance filings, as well as optional filings that can help ensure your federal registration protects your trademark for years to come. We will...

June 10, 2020

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on double patenting? Attend an interactive Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course featuring recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The USPTO is applying for two hours of CLE credit in Virginia for this...

June 11, 2020

Want to be briefed on recent examination practice and procedure guidance on double patenting? Attend an interactive Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) course featuring recent training delivered to experienced USPTO examiners. The USPTO is applying for two hours of CLE credit in Virginia for this...

June 17, 2020

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive, rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday of each month. Part one: Patent Process — April 15, 2020 (WebEx only) Part two: Types of Patent Applications and How to...

June 22, 2020

If you are an independent inventor, small business owner, or entrepreneur, you can't afford to ignore intellectual property. Join USPTO Resource Supervisory Patent Examiner Milton Cano for valuable insights at the latest session of this monthly program. Space is limited, so register early . The...

News & Updates

USPTO releases additional information on the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

On May 8 , the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, permitting COVID-19-related applications filed by small and micro entities to be put on a fast track for patent examination. Today, the USPTO launched a related webpage ,...

USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today unveiled a new web-based intellectual property (IP) marketplace platform, Patents 4 Partnerships , to provide the public with a user-friendly, searchable repository of patents and published patent applications related to the...

USPTO extends certain patent and trademark deadlines to June 1

In accordance with the temporary authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed by President Trump on March 27, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today further extended the time to file certain patent and trademark-related...

Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2020

Note: This proclamation was originally published on the Proclamations webpage of the White House website on April 24, 2020. Our Nation’s history is defined by discovery, ingenuity, and innovation. Americans are known for their resourcefulness and ability to find solutions to a wide range of...

USPTO announces winners of the National Patent Drafting Competition

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with the support of several collegiate law school programs, hosted five regional rounds of the National Patent Drafting Competition in March. The Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the USPTO held its competition on March 7 at the University of...

Patent Center Beta now available

Patent Center Beta is now available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface. Patent Center allows for submission of the specification, claims, and abstract as a single DOCX document without the need to...

USPTO announces extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. These actions are an exercise of temporary authority provided to the USPTO by the Coronavirus Aid...

USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of COVID-19 to be an "extraordinary situation" within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners. Therefore, the USPTO is waiving the...

Relief for USPTO customers affected by COVID-19

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of coronavirus to be an "extraordinary situation" within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 and 37 CFR 2.146 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners. Therefore, the USPTO...

USPTO update on in-person meetings

Until further notice, examiner and examining attorney interviews, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) oral hearings, and other similar in-person meetings with parties and stakeholders scheduled to take place at USPTO offices on or after Friday, March 13,...